Dan­gote re­opens Sa­van­nah Sugar Com­pany in Adamawa

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

The man­age­ment of Sa­van­nah Sugar Com­pany in Adamawa, a sub­sidiary of Dan­gote Group on Tues­day an­nounced re­sump­tion of busi­ness af­ter over one month of clo­sure.

The Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sugar, Dan­gote Group, Ab­dul­lahi Sule, made the an­nounce­ment at a joint brief­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the com­pany’s host com­mu­nity at Gyawana in La­murde Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Adamawa.

It could be re­called that the com­pany closed op­er­a­tions in June fol­low­ing con­flict with the host com­mu­nity over a lay­off of 3000 ca­sual work­ers.

“We had a mis­un­der­stand­ing that led to clo­sure of the com­pany and God so kind we re­solved all the is­sues yes­ter­day.

“We have de­cided that we are go­ing to work as a fam­ily to move this com­pany for­ward.

“The mes­sage here is that the board, our chair­man, Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote, our lead­ers in this com­mu­nity are all work­ing to­gether to en­sure the com­pany’s progress and to en­able it play its ma­jor role in Nigeria.

“To­day, Sa­van­nah is the only com­pany that is pro­duc­ing sugar in the coun­try and it has pro­duced over 20,000 met­ric tonnes within the past 10 years,” he said.

Sule said that the mis­un­der­stand­ing and the con­se­quent clo­sure of the com­pany was un­for­tu­nate.

He said that the lay­off of the ca­sual work­ers “is nor­mal’’ and should not have caused fric­tion ex­cept for the poor man­ner it was han­dled by the of­fi­cials when he was on va­ca­tion.

Sule ex­plained also that it has been the stan­dard prac­tice by the com­pany to con­duct mas­sive em­ploy­ment of ca­sual work­ers dur­ing weed­ing, ap­pli­ca­tion of chem­i­cal and fer­til­izer as well as har­vest­ing and crush­ing of sugar cane.

He said such work­ers were ex­pected to be laid off af­ter the sea­son.

Sule dis­closed that with the re­sump­tion of busi­ness on Tues­day, the com­pany has reen­gaged over 300 ca­sual staff to guard its sugar cane farm.

“When­ever the need for weed­ing arises we would reen­gage over 2,500 peo­ple.

“It is our dream that Sa­van­nah will ex­pand to em­ploy about 10,000 peo­ple,” he said.

The leader of Gyawana com­mu­nity, Mr Jerome Dakama, and the youth pres­i­dent of the com­mu­nity, Mr Al­fred Ng­bali, re­spec­tively lauded the re­sump­tion of op­er­a­tion by the com­pany.

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